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A school is a learning community, requiring a caring and safe atmosphere, It seeks to promote and maintain values of respect for all, self-discipline and positive social responsibility. All students have a right to learn, in a setting where effective teaching and learning can take place, thus the need to establish and maintain procedures for keeping good order. Every student and member of staff has a right to a safe and secure school environment, free from bullying and abuse of any sort. They are also entitled to have a school free of all forms of substance abuse. While good behaviour is expected as a norm, poor behaviour will be punished by the school, using reasonable sanctions in a fair and consistent manner. Students who do not have a satisfactory attendance record will be reported to the relevant authorities and may be prevented by The State Examinations Commission from sitting public / state exams, as per The Education (Welfare) Act, 2000. Subject to statutory requirements for consultation and notification, the college reserves the right to amend this Code of Behaviour as circumstances dictate.

SCHOOL CODE OF BEHAVIOUR

Students are expected to comply with the following code in school, on school premises during and after school hours, on school-related business, while in school, and in all dealings with the college and its staff on or off the school campus.

RESPECT AND GOOD ORDER

  • Respect all fellow students.
  • Respect all staff members.
  • Behave correctly in class, in school-related activities, when travelling to and from school, and when in uniform.
  • Respect the property of other people.
  • Do not use foul or obscene language.
  • Use of cigarettes, alcohol, and illegal drugs is not permitted.
  • Possession of dangerous objects and weapons is not permitted.
  • The school policy on mobile phones must be followed.

ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY

Regular attendance is expected. Absence must be covered by a letter of explanation from a parent /guardian, when the student returns.

No student is allowed to leave the school premises during class time without

  1. Written permission from a parent / guardian.
  2. An “Authorised Absence” slip from the school office.

No student is allowed to leave the school premises during the 11.00 am break.

First year students are not allowed leave the school premises during lunchtime.

Students must be punctual for all classes.

Visits to lockers, toilets, etc., must take place during specified breaks. In exceptional circumstances, a subject teacher may allow a short absence from class outside specified breaks.

Unauthorised absence from school or class will be regarded as a serious breach of these rules.

Smoking is forbidden in the school and in its environs, in accordance with legal requirements.

APPLICATION TO STUDIES

attempted, and a genuine effort made to complete it.

Disruption of class work will be regarded as a serious breach of this Code of Behaviour.

Students must have prescribed books and equipment with them for each class.

Students must have the school journal with them at all times, so that it is available to themselves and to teachers.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

The College has a requirement to safeguard the health and safety of all staff and students, all of whom are required to abide by the requirements of:

The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 1989,

The College's Health and Safety Statement,

Safety notices in specific classrooms,

Good practice and instructions as imparted by teachers.

Breaches of health and safety requirements will be treated as significant breaches of this code of behaviour.

 

UNIFORM AND APPEARANCE

The specified school uniform should be worn during school hours and on school related occasions.

The uniform for boys consists of: black shoes, grey slacks, grey shirt, maroon jumper with crest (Juniors), grey jumper with crest ((Seniors). The P.E. uniform consists of a grey polo-shirt, black track suit bottoms, and runners.

The uniform for girls consists of: black shoes, grey skirt or slacks, grey shirt, maroon jumper with crest (Juniors), grey jumper with crest and black trowsers (Seniors). The P.E. uniform consists of a grey polo-shirt, black track suit bottoms, and runners.

Neat and tidy appearance is required at all times. Runners are not allowed, except for P.E...

It is the responsibility of parents / guardians to ensure that students attend school in the prescribed uniform.

REWARDS

The college recognises that good behaviour and achievement in any area should be recognised and rewarded. Pupils will be given recognition for;

Outstanding academic achievements,

Success and effort in extra-curricular activities,

Good manners and behaviour.

Such recognition may take the form of:

Praise (verbal or written),

Class rewards,

School or Year Prize Giving.

 

RESPECT FOR SCHOOL PROPERTY

Damage to school property, equipment or buildings is forbidden.

Repair or replacement of damaged property must be paid for by those responsible.

The college cannot be held responsible for students' property which is lost or stolen; students are responsible for the security of their own possessions.

Chewing gum is not allowed in school or on school grounds.

All students are expected to take part in the college's litter picking rota.

DISCIPLINE COMMITTEE

 

The school's Discipline Committee consists of the Principal and / or Deputy Principal, one or more year heads, and teacher(s), as deemed relevant to the business of the committee. The role of this committee is

  1. to explain to students who repeatedly fail to meet the requirements of the Code of Behaviour the implications of their actions, and
  2. to make recommendations as to appropriate sanctions should no improvement follow.

RULES AND REGULATIONS SANCTIONS

Unacceptable behaviour will be classed as a Misdemeanour, an Isolated Breach of Good Order, or a case of Serious Misbehaviour.

MISDEMEANEURS

Misdemeanours include isolated minor breaches of school regulations and isolated infringements related to school and home work, discipline, uniform, unauthorised use of mobile phones and personal stereo units, punctuality, general behaviour, litter, etc.. They will normally be dealt with by class or subject teachers by one or more of the following sanctions:

Separation within the classroom,

Punishment exercises, or extra work appropriate to current areas of study,

Supervised detention set by the teacher,

If these sanctions do not bring about an improvement, the student will be referred to the year head.

Examples of misdemeanours and appropriate sanctions include:

Timekeeping

•  Late for class; note in student's journal to be signed by parent.

•  Late three times in three weeks, penalty exercise and detention.

•  Late more than three times in three weeks, refer to Year Head.

Homework

•  If homework is not done, teacher writes a note in the student's journal, must be signed by the parent and the homework must be produced at the start of the next class with that teacher.

•  Detention the next day if homework is not done.

Uniform

Where a student is not in the specified school uniform, the following procedure will apply:

•  Any difficulties should, in the first instance, be referred to a class teacher or year head.

•  The college reserves the right to send any student home for a uniform infringement, where parents have not covered the situation with a note.

•  Persistent offenders will be asked to remain at home until a meeting with parents / guardians can be arranged to guarantee full compliance with this policy.

Mobile Phones

The school policy on mobile phones (including camera-phones) and personal stereo units is that their use during school hours is not allowed.

•  All units must be switched off and kept in a secure place, eg., a bag or locker.

•  Where a student is found in breach of this, the unit will be confiscated and kept safely for three days. In the case of repeat offenders, or camera-phones, the unit will be confiscated until collected by parents / guardians.

•  Where a student refuses to hand over a unit in accordance with this policy, they will be asked to remain at home until a meeting with parents / guardians can be arranged to guarantee compliance with this policy.

ISOLATED BREACHES OF GOOD ORDER

Isolated Breaches of Good Order include offences such as use of abusive language, disruptive behaviour in class, refusal to follow instructions, fighting on school premises, temper tantrums in class, and failure or refusal to wear the school uniform as prescribed.

They will normally be dealt with by class or subject teachers by one or more of the following sanctions:

•  Separation within the classroom,

•  An apology (verbal or written) to the teacher or classmates,

•  Punishment exercises, or extra work appropriate to current areas of study,

•  Supervised detention set by the teacher,

•  If these sanctions do not bring about an improvement, the student will be referred to the year head, and to parents, if necessary.

Where such breaches of good order become continuous rather than isolated, the matter will be dealt with by the year head, and / or by senior management. They will be treated much more seriously, by reference to sanctions including:

Detention,

Being Placed on Report,

Repeated continuous serious misconduct can result in exclusion or suspension from school, which may also result in a student being excluded from school-related activities.

The college reserves the right to send any student home for a uniform infringement, where parents have not covered the situation with a note. Persistent offenders will be asked to remain at home until a meeting with parents can be arranged to rectify the matter

Examples of such breaches of good order and appropriate sanctions include:

Disruption of class, no books / equipment, or failure to follow teacher's instructions straight away, persistent refusal to wear correct uniform,

•  Verbal warning

•  Penalty exercise and note in journal to be signed by parent/guardian

•  Detention

•  Refer to Year Head .

•  Refusal to carry out staff instructions outside the classroom, ie., the corridor, school grounds etc, penalty exercise and detention.

Refusal to carry out teachers and Year Head sanctions: student is sent home pending a visit by the parents/guardians to the school to guarantee that the work given will be done and the rules obeyed.

Repeat/Serious offenders go before the Discipline Committee, which will consist of the Principal and / or Deputy Principal, the appropriate year head, and teachers relevant to the student's misbehaviour. The role of the committee is to explain to the student clearly the nature and implications of the offending behaviour, and to make recommendations as to further sanctions should no improvement follow.

SERIOUS MISBEHAVIOUR

As a guide for parents and pupils, the following list indicates a range of offences which are regarded as serious, and which warrant instant suspension, or possible expulsion.

  • Assault, threat or abuse of a staff member by a student,
  • Assault, threat or abuse of a student by a fellow student,
  • Damage to property,
  • Placing at risk the health and/or safety of a staff member or pupil,
  • Possession, sale, consumption or distribution of alcohol or illegal drugs,
  • Possession of offensive weapons,
  • Theft within the school,
  • Serious misbehaviour in school, or on school-related activities

SERIOUS MISBEHAVIOUR SANCTIONS & PROCEDURES

  • Following a preliminary investigation, immediate suspension will apply, to be followed by an enquiry by the Principal, or a member(s) of staff nominated by the Principal
  • Parents / guardians will be notified by phone and in writing about the reason for, and duration of, the suspension.
  • An appointment for parents / guardians to meet the Principal will be made, to review the offence, the suspension, appropriate remedial action, (where applicable).
  • Parents may appeal the decision of the Principal to the Board of Management.
  • Should the Board uphold the Principal's decision, they may appeal to Co. Westmeath V.E.C. within seven days of the Board of Management meeting.
  • Following the period of suspension, parents / guardians and the pupil must meet with the Principal before the student is re-admitted to the school.
  • Students will not be allowed partake in any school related activity during a period of suspension.
  • Any school work missed during a period of suspension is the sole responsibility of the student concerned

PROCEDURES RELATING TO POSSIBLE EXPULSION

  • Immediate suspension pending a decision on possible expulsion will apply.
  • The matter will be investigated in depth by senior management.
  • An appointment for parents/guardians to meet the Principal will be made, to enable them to make a case on behalf of the student.
  • The matter may then be referred to the college's Discipline Committee. This committee may recommend that the matter be referred to the Board of Management.
  • If such a recommendation is made by the Discipline Committee, the matter will be referred to the Board of Management for consideration. Parents/guardians and their son/daughter have the right to present their case to this meeting. They will be informed of the decision made and, if necessary, their right to appeal. This appeal should be made to Westmeath VEC within fourteen days of receipt of notification of the decision of the Board of Management meeting.
  • In the event of an appeal to Westmeath VEC, such an appeal will be considered by the Appeal Committee of the VEC. Again, parents/guardians and their student have the right to present their case to the Appeal Committee. Following this the parents/guardians will be notified of the decision of the VEC Appeal Committee. They will also be informed of their right to further appeal the matter if necessary to the Secretary General of the Department of Education and Science under Section 29 of the Education Act 1998.
  • The requirements of The Education (Welfare) Act 2000 will apply to any decision to expel.


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